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The Book of Liz

The Book of Liz
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 50
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0822218275
ISBN-13: 9780822218272
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men (doubling, flexible casting up to 8 men, 7 women)

About the Play:

The Book of Liz is a full-length comedy by Amy Sedaris and NPR comic genius David Sedaris. The play explores the journey of Sister Elizabeth, who, though she makes the cheeseballs that financially support her church sect, feels unappreciated and runs away to the big city. Several experiences ensue: from living with Ukrainian immigrants to working jobs as a peanut and a server in a restaurant for a recovering alcoholic.

The Book of Liz celebrates social, ethnic and religious diversity while taking a satirical look at American clichés. Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is a devout member of a fictional Mennonite or Amish-like community called the Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Her Danderfrock fits right in. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it. Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe. Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in this comedy from the famous siblings Amy Sedaris and David Sedaris, together billed as The Talent Family.

The Book of Liz premiered in 2001 at the Greenwich House Theatre (now known as Barrow Street Theatre) off-Broadway in New York City. The play enjoyed widespread acceptance among leading regional, college, and community theatres, has been successfully produced throughout the US and abroad, and has proven to attract a wide range of audiences.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men (doubling, flexible casting up to 8 men, 7 women)

What people say:

"…[a] delightfully off-key, off-color hymn to clichés we all live by, whether we know it or not." — The New York Times

"…[The Book of Liz] may well be the world's first Amish picaresque…hilarious…." — Village Voice

"…acidic laughs…linguistic delight…." — Variety

"Good-natured, goofy and frequently hilarious…." — New York Newsday

"…laugh-out-loud funny…." — Broadway.com

About the Playwright:

Amy Sedaris is an American actor, writer, and comedienne, and the sister of author David Sedaris. Together they are "The Talent Family."

David Sedaris is an American playwright, bestselling author, and a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR). He has become one of America's pre-eminent humorists and travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours.

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